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  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Siesta Fiesta 3DS' Review

    I am always looking for fun and challenging games and I just played Nintendo’s “Siesta Fiesta” for the 3DS and I really enjoyed it a lot. “Siesta Fiesta” is a fast paced side scrolling game where you must break blocks and other items by bouncing a character named “Siesta” on a bed...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Halfway Jam '14' Review

    This past weekend I got the opportunity to attend Halfway Jam in Royalton, MN. Halfway Jam is a three day music festival that featured over twenty bands on two stages. Some of the bands that played at Halfway Jam this year were, Lady Luck, Metal Witch and Rock Godz...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Wooden Sen'Sey Wii U' Review

    A few days ago I received a review code for Nintendo’s “Wooden Sen'SeY for the Wii U. I had never heard of the game before, so I was really excited to play it. I thought the story was pretty simple and not that complex, but the use of humor was great...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Next Goal Wins DVD' Review

    I just finished watching a great documentary by Ketchup Entertainment called “Next Goal Wins.” It is about the American Samoa football (soccer) team who is considered one of the worst in history...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: "Murdered: Soul Suspect" PS4 Review

    This past week I received a review code for Square Enix’s “Murdered: Soul Suspect” on the PS4. I had seen tons of previews for the game and thought it looked amazing. After playing the game, I do have to say that it is pretty amazing...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'The Legend of Billie Jean 'Fair is Fair' Special Edition Blu-Ray' Review

    I grew up in the 1980’s and I am a huge fan of anything related to that era, especially the films. I just finished watching Mill Creek Entertainment’s “The Legend of Billie Jean” on Blu-ray and I really enjoyed it a lot...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Anaconda Blu-Ray' Review

    It has been a while, since I’ve seen a horror/thriller film about a giant killer animal and I just got the opportunity to watch Mill Creek Entertainment’s “Anaconda” on Blu-ray. “Anaconda” was released in 1997 and it stars Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight and Eric Stoltz...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'EA Sports UFC PS4' Review

    When it comes to sports games, one company really stands out in my mind and that’s EA Sports. Over the years they have released some of the most amazing sports games ever. EA Sports really does a great job with making the players and arenas look as realistic as they can...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles Blu-Ray' Review

    I just finished watching one of the best and most original martial arts films that I have ever seen.  I am so amazed and entertained by it that I can not stop thinking about it. Shout Factory just released a film on Blu-ray called “Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles.”...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark PS4' Review

    As you all know from my reviews, I am a huge fan of Transformers. I really enjoy the toys, the animated series, the movies, and video games. I just finished playing Activision’s “Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark” for the PS4 and it was awesome...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Wolfenstein' Review

    “Wolfenstein” is a first-person shooter, and you play as a character named William B.J. Blazkowicz who was captured by German soldiers during WWII and now you must try and escape from Castle Wolfenstein by fighting through a series of mazes...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: Buckcherry Interview

    This week Aaron Chalich got the opportunity to talk to Keith Nelson, the lead guitar player for the band Buckcherry. Buckcherry is well known for their songs, "Sorry", "Lit Up", and "Next 2 You."...

  • 'Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return' cover art Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return 3DS' Review

    Lately I have been addicted to puzzle themed games and I just recently played Activision’s “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” for the Nintendo 3DS.  I thought it was a really fun and challenging game that is great for all ages to play. The game is based off of the movie and features old and new characters from the Land of Oz...

  • Bret Michaels takes the stage at Lakes Jam Aaron's Backstage Pass: Lakes Jam

    Aaron Chalich attended the second annual Lakes Jam in Brainerd, Minnesota this past weekend and had the opportunity to speak with the co-owners of the event.  Lakes Jam is an annual event that unites rock and country music fans...

  • Aaron's Backstage Pass: Jeff and Tommy Vee Interview Aaron's Backstage Pass: Jeff and Tommy Vee Interview

    Columnist Aaron Chalich sat down with Jeff and Tommy Vee who are the producers of Halfway Jam in Royalton, MN to talk about this year's Halfway Jam...

  • Screen Shot of Pushmo World COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Pushmo World Wii' Review

    “Pushmo World” is a very challenging puzzle game where you control a character named “Mallow.”  You must try and figure out how to reach the goal in each level by moving, pushing and jumping on blocks. The graphics are really good.  The characters and backgrounds are very colorful and look great...

  • Wolverine Weapon X COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today' Review

    I really think that Shout Factory’s “Marvel Knights Animation” series is awesome. They have released several amazing titles and I just finished watching their latest release, featuring Wolverine called “Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today.” I read these comics when I was growing up and loved them...

  • Martial arts movie review COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Martial Arts Movie Marathon' Review

    I really get excited when I come across martial arts films that I have never seen before.  Especially, when there are a bunch of them in one set. I just recently watched Shout Factory’s “Martial Arts Movie Marathon” and I loved it...

  • Photo courtesy of Shout Factory COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Transformers Animated: The Complete Series' Review

    I cannot say this enough, but I am a huge fan of Transformers and just about everything related to them. This past week I received a review copy of Shout Factory’s “Transformers Animated: The Complete Series” on DVD.  The set comes with six very colorful and detailed DVD’s that contain all 42 action packed episodes...

  • Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Films COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'The House of Dust' Review

    Last week I got the opportunity to watch Anchor Bay Entertainment’s “The House of Dust,” and I really enjoyed it a lot. “The House of Dust,” is a brand new horror film that was inspired by true events. It was directed by A.D Calvo and stars Inbar Lavi, Steven Grayhm, Eddie Hassell, and Holland Roden...

  • Photo courtesy of Shout Factory COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Transformers Energon:The Complete Series DVD Review

    This past week I got the chance to watch a review copy of Shout Factory’s “Transformers Energon: The Complete Series” on DVD. As you may know, I am a huge fan of “Transformers,” and I really enjoyed “Transformers Energon” a lot...

  • Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Films COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Mr. Jones Blu-ray Review

    This past week I watched a very creepy and intense film from Anchor Bay Films called “Mr. Jones” on Blu-ray. “Mr. Jones” is a very terrifying horror film that will have you on the edge of your seat.  It is full of many surprises and lots of scary images that will give you nightmares...

  • Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Wizard World Minneapolis at Mall of America

    Last night I attended a question and answer panel with Lou Ferrigno, Jason David Frank, Neal Adams and Michael Rooker at the Mall of America. All four guests are going to be at Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con this weekend and they came to the Mall of America to promote the show and to answer questions that fans had for them....

  • COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con

    This past weekend I attended Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con.  It is a three-day event that features comics, superheroes, horror, science fiction, and fantasy.There were many exhibitors and artists, plus a ton of celebrity guests that fans could get autographs and photos with such as William Shatner, Robert Englund, Dean Cain, Adam Baldwin, Sean Austin, plus many more....

  • Photo courtesy of Activision Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' PS4 Review

    I am a huge fan of superheroes and comic books, and I try to play just about every superhero themed game that is released.  I have also been a fan of Spider-Man for as long as I can remember. The very first “Spider-Man” game I played was “Spider-Man” on the Atari 2600.  It was a simple game, but I played it for hours...

  • Photo courtesy of Shout Factory Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Hills Street Blues: The Complete Series DVD Review

    I have been very busy this past month watching a review set of Shout Factory’s “Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series” on DVD. I had never seen “Hill Street Blues” before, and I really enjoyed it a lot.  I really liked the characters and thought the show was very well written and produced...

  • Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Godzilla: The Series DVD Review

    I really enjoy watching new shows that I have never seen before.  There’s nothing like sitting down with a fresh cup of coffee and popping a brand new show into my DVD/Blu-ray player, sitting back and getting lost into it. This past weekend, I got the opportunity to watch a review copy of Mill Creek Entertainment’s “Godzilla: The Series” on DVD...

  • Photo courtesy of Shout Factory COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Martial Arts Double Feature: Hapkido/Lady Whirlwind DVD Review

    This past weekend I sat down and watched a review copy of Shout Factory’s "Martial Arts Double Feature Hapkido/Lady Whirlwind" on DVD, and it was awesome. I am a huge fan of marital arts films, and both of these films are packed full of nonstop action and fighting....

  • COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Michael Rooker Interview

    Columnist Aaron Chalich got the opportunity to talk actor Michael Rooker who has appeared in many films and television shows.  He is currently known for playing Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead...

  • Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Gamera Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 Blu-ray Review

    I really enjoy monster movie and films that feature strange creatures.  This past weekend I had an awesome movie marathon. Last week I received review copies of Mill Creek Entertainment’s “Gamera Vol 1.” and Gamera Vol. 2” Blu-ray movie collections...

  • Photo courtesy of Nintendo COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: NES Remix 2 Wii U Review

    This past weekend I received a review code for Nintendo’s “NES Remix 2” on the Nintendo Wii U, and I absolutely loved it. I do have to say that “NES Remix 2” is my favorite game of the two, because it features just about every one of my favorite Nintendo games. The “Remix” stages are awesome because they are more challenging, and you never know what challenges you will have to face...

  • Photo courtesy of Innex Innovative Accessories COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: Super Retro Trio Review

    I am a huge fan of Nintendo, Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis.  I had all of these gaming systems growing up and had a blast playing all of the games for them as well. Now you can play all three game cartridges on one system called the Super Retro Trio made by Retro-bit...

  • Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Films COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Death Do Us Part' DVD Review

    I just watched a new horror film that was great!  It’s called “Death Do Us Part,” and it was just released by Anchor Bay Entertainment. I really liked the story a lot and thought that it was very cleverly written and very suspenseful.  I bet that you will not figure out what is going on until the end...

  • Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Lego The Hobbit' PS4 Review

    I am a huge fan of the Lego-themed video games.  They are really fun to play and are usually filled with humor. I just received a review copy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s “Lego The Hobbit” for the PS4 and it is awesome. “Lego The Hobbit” follows the film very closely, and you will get to play as many of the characters from the movie.

  • COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Dennis DeYoung The Music of Styx Review

    This past weekend I went to Northern Lights Casino in Walker, Minn., to see Dennis DeYoung who was the lead vocalist, keyboard player, producer and songwriter in the band Styx. The show was amazing.  I have seen many shows at Northern Lights Casino, and I would have to say this was the best one yet...

  • Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate' Deluxe Edition PS3 Review

    I am a huge fan of Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment’s “Batman Arkham” series.  I really think the story is awesome and very dark. This past week I received a review code for Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment’s “Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate – Deluxe Edition” for the PS3, and it is amazing...

  • Photo courtesy of Liongate Home Entertainment Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Little House on the Prairie Season One Deluxe Remastered'

    The first time I saw a full episode of “Little House on the Prairie” was when I first started dating my wife. My wife really liked the show a lot, and we watched an episode of “Little House on the Prairie” together one evening, and I really enjoyed it and thought it was great.  I do have to admit I was hooked on it...

  • Photo courtesy of Activision COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts Wii U Review

    In the past couple of years, I have played a lot of hunting games, and it seems like each one gets better and more realistic. This past week I got the opportunity to play Activision’s “Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts” for the Nintendo Wii U, and it is awesome. “Big Game Hunter” is a very exciting first person hunting game...

  • Photo courtesy of Activision Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'Cut the Rope: Triple Treat' 3DS Review

    This past week I had the opportunity to play a review copy of Activision’s “Cut the Rope: Triple Treat” for the Nintendo 3DS, and I thought it was great. Your main goal in “Cut the Rope” is to feed a green monster named “Om Nom” candy...

  • Photo courtesy of Disney Interactive COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Disney Infinity Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack Review

    This past week I received a review copy of Disney Interactive’s “Disney Infinity Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack.” The “Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack” comes with “Phineas” and “Agent P.”  The characters look amazing and are extremely detailed.  They look exactly like the characters from the show, and they stand on a very cool base that looks like grass...


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